CH3 Report – 20th February 2018 – Tiger’s Head, Norley
This was the 24th time that Cheshire Hash House Harriers have run a hash from The Tiger’s Head, Norley (because I’m a sado, I noticed that I have been involved in setting thirteen of those). I live less than a couple of miles away so it is a convenient location for me; and I think of it as my home territory, although others are allowed to set Hashes from here! There are so many different possibilities from the pub it is one of a number of ideal Hashing pubs in Cheshire. Actually the Tiger’s Head is currently 9th in the list of pubs most hashed from, just behind The Plough at Whitegate (another one of my favourites).
It was a cold (but not freezing) and dry evening – ideal conditions for a Hash. The recent incessant rain meant that it was quite muddy underfoot in a few places; but the route had been set to avoid the muddiest places. The trail was 5.9 miles and 522 feet of ascent and descent with 30 checks and three check-backs. As usual, ALL the markers were all set within 100 metres of the check although many were tucked away in the hedgerows.
There were twenty three hashers, all human except for one dog. The walkers comprised of two humans, the Dissidents comprised of three humans and one dog; the remainder running on the main Hash. Our numbers have gone down in recent months for many different reasons and there is a need to get everyone out and to recruit some new hashers.
Rob Baddeley and I were the Hares for this evening. We had set the markers on Saturday before the run. Unusually, I had not had a chance to check-out the route before we set it – so I was somewhat surprised to find a “water feature” along one of the footpaths. We decided to go ahead and incorporate it in the trail rather than change the route.
We were a little late starting, as we waited for some late arrivals and some folk visiting the “facilities” in the pub. We turned tight right out of the entrance to the Tiger’s Head along Pytcheley’s Hollow lane all the way to the junction with High Street and Norley Lane. Shortly after running down Pytcheley’s Hollow I was surprised to see Colin and Martin B running back to the pub; Colin had forgotten his torch! I was concerned that they would become permanently detached from the group; but amazingly, we were able to hold the group at the junction for sufficient time until Colin & Martin were reunited with the pack.
We turned right down Norley Lane towards Crowton; then we turned right at the junction with Town Farm Lane (on the left) towards Home Farm. At Home Farm we turned left (ignoring the two footpaths on the right) before heading right down a narrow muddy lane to Stanneybrook Farm. At Stanneybrook Farm we continued along that lane to the junction with Marsh Lane. At this point we headed straight on along Sandhole Lane, which becomes Pingards Lane, all the way to the junction with Bag Lane. Hashers will be relieved that we didn’t take the very, very muddy section of Pingards Lane on the left. At this point, most Hashers were convinced that we would be heading straight on and confidently moved that way; but we turned right up Bag Lane towards Norley before turning right down Dutton Lane to Beechwood Farm Day Nursery and a 4 way check at Woods Lane. Once again most of the Hashers misguidedly thought that we were headed towards Delamere Park and turned right along Wood Lane; but they had to turn back and run along the footpath through Beechwood Farm passing over a very muddy field to another footpath where we turned right passing Bratt’s Bank to reach Moss Lane. We took the option to the left along Moss Lane until we reached Cow Lane. At Cow Lane we turned right (ignoring the inviting footpath straight ahead!) and ran north to reach Bag Lane. At Bag Lane we turned left and carried straight on along School Lane and back to the pub - BUT we were not finished yet! At the Tigers Head we continued along School Lane and then took the left fork along Hough Lane to the junction with Finger Post Lane, High Street and Gallowsclough Lane. Here we turned right along the main road although most of the checkers seemed to prefer the Gallowsclough Lane option. Along the High Street, well before the Village Hall, we took a left turn along a footpath which goes behind a suspended Carillion building project to join up with an unnamed lane. It was along this footpath that we encountered “the lake” – the footpath and the area around it were completely flooded with about a foot deep of freezing cold and smelly water that could not be avoided (there was just no way around it). Our hashers are made of tough stuff and everyone just gritted their teeth and ran through it. Surprisingly, I didn’t receive any abuse or complaint – I was certainly expecting it. Unfortunately, Martin H wasn’t here and was unable to enjoy this special feature. At the unnamed lane we turned left and ran on until we turned right along a footpath which took us to Post Office Lane. At Post Office Lane we turned right, before turning left onto Crabmill Lane. At the end of Crabmill Lane we turned left onto School Lane until we reached the 5 way check at the junction with Post Office Lane. We turned left onto Post Office Lane and immediately right along a footpath which took us past Fieldhouse Farm and across some fields, ignoring an inviting way into Delamere Forest, to reach a footpath with a choice of two ways. Here we turned left along this footpath and then took the next footpath on the right and proceeded to reach Gallowsclough Lane. At Gallowsclough Lane we turned left, down the hill, across the main road, along Hough Lane and School Bank back to the Tigers Head.
On the run we managed to “bump into” the small group of Dissidents a couple of times as they worked their way around a slightly different route in the opposite direction. We also “bumped into” the walkers a couple of times as they made their way around Norley. As both groups had been forewarned, the Dissidents and the Walkers managed to avoid the “water feature”.
Everyone was back at the pub by 21:10 and as usual there were plenty of chips available and the beer was excellent. The Tiger’s Head always make us welcome and make the evening pleasant for us – once again, full marks to them. In fact all in all it was just another average Hash.
The next Baddeley–Lever production will be from The Boot, Willington on 17th April 2018. In the meantime, there are lots of Hashes to look forward to. Next week Rob Stephenson will be in charge at The Frozen Mop, Warford – this will be his 100th setting!! Hopefully, he can make it as he has been injured recently.
21st February 2018